Our Specialisms

People with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be anxious from a very early age due to not understanding the social and communication rules of society. They can find social situations confusing as they do not understand how to behave appropriately; they may not know what to say; they may have problems understanding social rules and will not necessarily learn these things intuitively. This can lead to their anxieties rising which in turn can result in negative behaviours being exhibited of a withdrawal from activities and in some extreme cases, life in general.


People with ASD can benefit from structure and predictability in their daily routines and this can help lower their anxiety levels because they know what is happening next, how long it will last, or where they will have to go. Having an end time/closure is very important. Unlimited free time can be traumatic if they have difficulty in self-occupation skills and this alongside their problems with social and communication skills can cause them huge anxieties.


Many people with ASD feel anxious about certain situations but they need to learn how to deal with anxiety appropriately. People with ASD may not know how to manage and control their anxiety, or how to get their worries into perspective, so many need to be given some ideas for strategies to do this. They may also have problems remembering or processing verbal language so it may be helpful to write down some reminders and/or pointers with them.


If you would like some advice or more information on our services and what we can do for you, contact us here, or call 0161 507 3723 to discuss a referral in confidence.


For general enquiries, please contact us here.


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Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Some basics to become a foster parent

Here are a few questions to help you discover whether fostering is right for you and what we need from our foster parents.

1. I have a spare bedroom for a foster child

2. I will be available to care for a child full time

3. I am over 25 years old

4. I have a stable, positive home to offer a child

5. I am a patient, resilient and understanding person

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Becoming a professional foster parent

We regard fostering as a profession. Therefore we'll treat you as a professional - we'll provide great pay, support and training. In return we expect our foster parents to provide a high standard of care for our children. 

I want a professional career in fostering and am happy to undertake ongoing training

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

The challenges of fostering

Fostering is life changing and rewarding work. It can also be challenging at times but our foster parents tell stories of the great satisfaction they gain with our expert support. 

I understand that some children in fostering may have challenging behaviour due to the experiences they may have had

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Working as part of a team

As a foster parent we require you to work as part of the By the Bridge team but also with social workers, teachers and health workers to help support the child.

I am able to talk and listen to young people, aswell as working part of a team to help support them